ARIZONA (CBS Local) – A tunnel that stretches from a former Kentucky Fried Chicken in Arizona all the way to a home in Mexico was discovered last week by investigators, who believe the secret passageway was used for drug smuggling, KSWT reports.
Homeland Security Investigations said the tunnel was discovered on Aug. 13, after the owner of the former KFC, Ivan Lopez, was pulled over by the San Luis Police Department. A canine unit alerted officers to two toolboxes in Lopez’ truck. Inside the boxes, authorities say they found 118 kilograms of methamphetamine, six grams of cocaine, three kilograms of fentanyl, 13 kilograms of white heroin, and six kilograms of brown heroin. The fentanyl alone equaled three million dosage units, HSI’s Special Agent in Charge Scott Brown said.READ MORE: Miles Hall Shooting: No Charges Against Walnut Creek Police Officers In 2019 Killing
Earlier that day, Lopez was seen removing toolboxes from the old KFC. He is the owner of the building that once served as the fast food restaurant.READ MORE: Oakland Mayor Schaff's $3.85 Billion Budget Includes Funds For Homeless, Public Safety, Blight
Agents executed a search warrant at the former restaurant and Lopez’s residence. When investigating the old KFC, agents found the entrance of the tunnel in the kitchen area. It is eight inches in diameter, 22 feet deep and extended 590 feet long, HSI officials said. It ends at a residence in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico.
At the Mexican side, the tunnel exited through a trap door underneath a bed. Authorities believe the narcotics being smuggled through the tunnel were being pulled up with a rope.MORE NEWS: California Population Drops By 182,000 In First Ever Yearly Decline
[H/T CBS News]